Little Fighters Cancer Trust established the Little Fighters Cancer Trust Heart of GOLD Medal awards recently to acknowledge and thank individuals who have shown that they have Hearts of GOLD by their unsolicited, unselfish deeds in helping Little Fighters Cancer Trust do what we do!
This month is it our absolute HONOUR to bestow this award on Francois ‘Faf’ Naude.
Francois “Faf” Naude is a 21-year-old student from Potchefstroom who is currently studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.
Francois is also an enthusiastic athlete who loves taking part in road-running, road-cycling and triathlons. Francois has a passion for exercise and endurance sport, as well as a passion for helping those affected by various severely incapacitating social circumstances.
Francois decided to combine these two passions to benefit those who find themselves in less than great social circumstances. With this in mind, Francois approached the Little Fighters Cancer Trust to partner with them in raising funds for Children with Cancer and their Families.
Francois aims to raise funds for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust by participating in races in various disciplines, including road-running, road-cycling and triathlons, as well as competing in various endurance events and attending and hosting various formal charity events in order to raise funding, as well as raising Child Cancer Awareness.
To this end Francois started United Challenge, a charity that seeks to establish a community platform where individuals or organisations can unite to bring about change in a world which is in dire need of ordinary individuals that are willing to do extraordinary things for various causes, projects and movements.
United Challenge’s vision is to be a foundation for individuals to use their talents and skills to improve the lives of those facing various challenges.
Since starting United Challenge in July, Francois already:
Kicked off with a Schools United Against Cancer Project by paying a visit to the Laerskool Mooi Rivier in Potchefstroomon Friday, 31 July, where he met with all members of personnel to share a bit about the work the project is doing and aims to do in the future, in conjunction with the Little Fighters Cancer Trust, informing them of the Early Warning Signs of Childhood Cancer and handing over Childhood Cancer Early Warning Signs to be put up at the school.
Taken part in The Great Train Race in Witbank, Mpumalanga on the 22nd of August 2015, where he, together with 3 other members of Team United Challenge; Diana Jansen, Tinus Jansen & Susan van der Spuy ran to raise funds and Awareness. The race was a total distance of 28 km, with two runners completing the distance in under 3 hours. The event provided great publicity for Little Fighters Cancer Trust and children battling cancer.
Francois also completed the Lentefees 10km Night Race on 2 September, 2015, an popular event held in Potchefstroom as part of the Potch Lentefees which has been held annually for the past 26 years at the Ferdinand Postma High School, under the Little Fighters Cancer Trust banner, kicking off International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in fine style!
A few days ago Francois took on a monumental #24Challenge – to cycle 440kms across the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa in under 24 hours. Unfortunately, the extreme weather conditions Francois faced, which ranged from 40C during the day to 8C that night acted as a catalyst in the unraveling of Faf’s body, and it was with heavy hearts that the decision had to be made to call the challenge to an end at around 4am after completing 3 of the 6 legs, as Faf’s health had to take first priority.
Even though you did not make it this time, Francois, we are still very proud of you and everything else that you are doing for the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and the heart that you have shown in everything that you do, and we know you will be back with this challenge next year!
For all that you do, for all that you are, we salute you Francois “Faf” Naude and are HONOURED to call you one of our own and to award you with the Little Fighters Cancer Trust Heart of GOLD Medal.
We Salute YOU!